Guests of Spray Beach Hotel: are you getting ready for your LBI vacation? So are we! We have some helpful tips to ensure that your trip goes smoothly from start to end. Read on for suggestions that will make the most of your time and see our recommendations for the best dining and activities. See you soon!
Helpful Tips for your LBI Vacation Stay
No matter how long you’re staying or how much money you can spend, every vacationer wants to get the best return for their time and money. We have some surefire ways to help your LBI vacation be everything that you’re hoping for! We want to share these tips with all of our guests at Spray Beach Hotel to help you get the most out of your LBI vacation!
Plan Ahead – Well In Advance
Plan, plan, plan! Nobody wants to need a vacation from their vacation. One of the best ways to avoid that is to plan ahead. Once you have the details set, it’s easy!
Research the options and identify where you want to go – First, gather information about what there is to do and the available places to eat on your LBI vacation. Read on – we’ve done some of the work for you! When you stay at our beachfront hotel, you’ll be right by the oceanside, not to mention you’ll be within walking distance of many eateries and shops plus all the excursions you could want. You’ll have numerous options to choose from, so make a list of your preferences. Sometimes less is more, so make your choices based on what you will enjoy the most rather than what’s the most popular. When you plan your days ahead for vacation, you not only save precious relaxation time and eliminate stress, but you’ll be giving yourself the chance to start getting excited about making the most memorable LBI vacation with your family and friends.
Finalize your plans a month before your leave – If you have the dates already set for your vacation, get your plans set now. The sooner, the better! Don’t try to throw it together at the last minute because you’ll feel like you need a vacation from your vacation before it even begins. Book your hotel as soon as you can, and make all of your dining reservations and entertainment plans a month before you are leaving for vacation. This way you can leisurely get ready and pack for your trip and tie up any loose ends without feeling overwhelmed.
Make a packing list – For a more detailed list, check out this list of 15 Long Beach Island Summer Vacation Must-Haves. Here are some essentials to remember when you’re packing:
- Flip Flops
- A Great Book
- Water-Proof Phone Case
- Sunscreen and/or Sunglasses and Hats
- Beach Blanket
- Buckets and Sand Toys
- Beach Games
- Baby Powder for wiping off the sand
- Insulated Cooler
Savor Your Time on Your LBI Vacation
On LBI, there are many ways to connect with nature or just kick back and enjoy the company of everyone around you. Whether you’re relaxing by the hotel pool in the sunshine or parasailing over the bay, the best way to make good memories during your LBI vacation is to stay in the moment.
Unplug and disconnect from your normal life
Unplug the best you can from all those work emails or even browsing social media to see what everyone else is up to.
Try new things
Embrace the beginning of your trip in a new place trying new things by savoring each experience. Try a new hobby or take a creative class! Order something you’ve never tasted at the restaurant. Be intentional about trying new things on your vacation!
Top Things to Do During your LBI Vacation
It’s the Jersey shore, so we expect you’ll want to spend some quality time with the ocean waves, but there are more activities you may be interested in. Check out your options and learn tips about the local favorites and keep a short list of what interests you.
Water Activities on LBI
We already mentioned the beach, and of course, with miles and miles of ocean in either direction, there is no shortage of places to park your beach chair. When you’ve had your fill of the sand and surf, come back in to the pool and multi-level sundeck at the Spray Beach Hotel to relax in the privacy of the resort. You could truly spend your vacation by the water without even leaving the property! But there is so much to see and do, including other water activities like the nearby ThunderingSurf Waterpark, parasailing on the bay, boat tours and surfing on one of the many dedicated surfing beaches that line the coast.
Landmarks to Visit during your LBI Vacation
Barnegat Lighthouse – If you’re the kind of vacationer that enjoys seeing the local historic sites and landmarks, visiting LBI can satisfy that itch, too! The top rated site to see in LBI is the Barnegat Lighthouse and its surrounding state forest. First used in 1859, this landmark is a beacon of New Jersey history just as it has been a beacon of light to ships at sea. Plan time during your LBI vacation to drive up to the northern end of the island for a visit to this spot. Birding, fishing and hiking are favorite activities here, and for a small fee you can climb the stairs to breathtaking views at the top of the light. Once you’re back on the ground, head over to the restored, old schoolhouse building turned museum to learn the story of “Old Barney”.
Museum of NJ Maritime History – LBI has a couple of other museums that are favorites for locals and out-of-towners alike. Check out the Museum of NJ Maritime Historyand spend as long as you like browsing the marine artifacts and photographs gathered from shipwrecks over the years.
Long Beach Island Historical Museum – The Long Beach Island Historical Museum is another gem full of history in the area. Check out all of their programs and activities for events like walking tours, ghost tours and kids’ make-and-take craft days that could be a fun addition to your vacation schedule.
Entertainment and Shopping on your LBI Vacation
On LBI, you don’t need a boardwalk to find great shopping and entertainment, and there’s plenty of it to be had. From movie nights and free concert series to car, antique and craft shows there are always events going on around town. If your family is into amusement rides, check out the Fantasy Island Parkfor their arcade in the afternoon (open daily) and then stay for some rides after 4 p.m. If you’re in the mood to stay in rather than go out, you’ll find live music every night which is sure to please during the summer season at the Spray Beach Hotel’s oceanfront pavilion.
The best shopping you will find during your LBI vacation is in Surf City and Beach Haven. There are various surf shops and the center of Bay Village with its specialty shops of all sorts, eateries and sweet things on the bayside of the island. Before you go, don’t forget to take in a game of mini golf at one of the local courses.
Where to Eat during your LBI Vacation
Planning ahead is wise for every part of your LBI vacation, including where you’d like to eat. Take a look at some of these suggestions, and then make a list to keep with you while you’re here.
During your stay at the Spray Beach Hotel, we welcome you to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at our on-site Sand Dollar Restaurant. Breakfast starts as early as 8 a.m. and is served up until noon, for those who prefer brunch. Lunch and dinner offer a wide variety of lite fair or hearty meals to be a perfect place for all ages and guests. View the menus in your room or online before you go and you can save time deciding what to order before you get to your table. With your choice of eating inside the restaurant or at the oceanfront pavilion and beach bar in addition to the variety that the menu offers, the Sand Dollar Restaurant is a frequent stop among vacationers and locals alike.
When you’re further down the island from Spray Beach Hotel and can’t make it to the Sand Dollar Restaurant, there’s plenty of other places to grab a bite to eat. A few blocks further south from Fantasy Island Amusement Park, you’ll find The Chicken or the Egg with great food options all day and long hours, but be prepared to wait for a table. If you’re visiting Barnegat Lighthouse, eat in or take away some fresh, local seafood at the casual dining of Viking Fresh Off the Hook, or Kelly’s Old Barney Restaurant that serves up all the standard diner plates. No matter where you go during your LBI vacation, make sure to enjoy some fresh seafood straight off the boat.
Ready to Enjoy your LBI Vacation
Now that you have some tips and ideas for ensuring you have the best LBI vacation, remember the most important thing of all – enjoy yourself! If there is any additional help we can provide you before you arrive, please give us a call. We look forward to serving you and we hope you have the best vacation of your life this year!